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2019 NBA Finals, Game 4: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors
|Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Golden State Warriors||Toronto Raptors|
The Golden State Warriors will still be understrength, but are virtually moving into a must-win position on their home floor when Game 4 of the NBA Finals tips off against the Toronto Raptors at the Oracle Arena. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 11am (AEST).
While the first two games were split in Toronto, the mountain of injuries were simply too much to overcome for the Warriors in the third game of the series back on their home floor.
With Kevin Durant, Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson on the sideline, even an inspired 45-point showing from Steph Curry wasn’t enough to get the multiple-time champions over the line.
Durant, rated the best forward in the league by many, has been ruled out again for Game 4 as the series starts to reach the clutch phase, while Klay Thompson is expected to return.
But even the return of their shooting guard doesn’t make things anymore certain, although maybe the biggest advantage is that Shaun Livingston can return to being a role player and give them much-needed depth on the bench.
During this series, the Raptors, for the most part, have looked like the better side with Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard leading the charge, but whenever the Warriors turned up in defence during Game 3, it looked like they were going to bridge the gap.
Unfortunately, those stretches were few and far between, but the only real difference in the series so far for Toronto has been on the stats sheet with shooting percentage. If they get shut down there, held to under 50 per cent from the floor, then the Warriors are the better side by a distance because of the weapons from outside and the ability to turn it on in a hurry when needed.
Toronto must continue moving the ball, searching for good shots and hope the Warriors don’t catch fire, while backing themselves to be aggressive in offence if they want to push ahead 3-1.
This is going to be another cracker in what has already been a good finals series. The Warriors get Klay Thompson back and must find a way to win. I suspect they will to tie things up.
Warriors by 9.
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Tip-off: 11am (AEST)
Venue: Oracle Arena, Oakland
TV: Live, ESPN
Online: Live, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports
Golden State Warriors (expected)
Point guard: Steph Curry
Shooting guard: Klay Thompson
Small forward: Andre Iguodala
Power forward: Dramond Green
Centre: DeMarcus Cousins
Bench: Shaun Livingston, Jonas Jerebko, Kevon Looney, Andrew Bogut, Jordan Bell, Alfonzo McKinnie, Quinn Cook, Jacob Evans
Toronto Raptors (expected)
Point guard: Kyle Lowry
Shooting guard: Danny Green
Small forward: Kawhi Leonard
Power forward: Pascal Siakam
Centre: Marc Gasol
Bench: Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, Chris Boucher, Jeremy Lin, Patrick McCaw, Jodie Meeks